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Razer Kishi Review Rundown

RazerPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Compact, portable design
  • Supports a wide variety of games
  • Works with Project xCloud
Cons**
  • Only works with a select number of games

Summary

Razer Kishi is the next mobile phone gamepad from the gaming-focused company, following the aging Junglecat. The Kishi's pads use tension to attach to the phone and connect via USB-C, which removes the latency and lag of a Bluetooth connection. While your Kishi will automatically work on supported games, their list is still short.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
Both casual and avid gamers alike will find a lot to like in the Razer Kishi. It's relatively compact, but it's also larger than Nintendo's Joy-Cons or the Razer Junglecat. The only downside is a slightly mushy D-pad, so fighting game aficionados might want to look elsewhere.
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Pros[**]
  • Lightweight, portable design
  • Compatible with a wide variety of phones
  • Supports USB-C charging
Cons[**]
  • No headphone jack

cnet[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The Razer Kishi is a more substantial version of the company's Junglecat controller. The Kishi's pads use tension to attach to the phone and connect via USB-C. It's not a perfect emulation -- the controls are differently spaced from each other. But it's one of the most elegant, usable controllers for mobile gaming I've tried.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Easy to use
  • Comfortable to hold
Cons[**]
  • Mushy triggers
  • Laggy D-pad

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 59%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Xbox version of the Razer Kishi consists of two halves connected by a plastic-and-rubber strap. Each half is a chunky, curved black plastic shell with an analog stick and two triggers. It's a compact package when folded up, measuring approximately 3.5 by 5.4 inches by 1.2 inches.
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Pros[**]
  • Compact design
  • Works with Project xCloud
  • Supports Android phones
  • USB-C charging
Cons[**]
  • Some interface elements can be uncomfortable to read on a phone screen

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
-C connector that you plug into phones to connect the gamepad, and a USB-C port so you can charge your phone while you're gaming. The joysticks are clickable, for even more controller functionality. The list of compatible games can be found by downloading Razer's ‘Gamepad' app, and includes top games like ARK: Survival Evolved, Asphalt 9 Legends, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Goat Simulator and many more games. It's a real shame that Kishi only works on certain games and not others, since if you're a fan of the incompatible games (as you likely are) you just can't use Kishi.
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Pros[**]
  • Sturdy design
  • Easy to use
  • Works with many game streaming services
Cons[**]
  • No tutorial or guide
  • Some games aren't compatible with Kishi

theverge[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
The Kishi connects to your phone's USB-C port directly, so there's no pairing required. The face and shoulder buttons function perfectly, though the button travel ranges from feeling either too clicky or spongy. Playing audio from your phone can be a struggle, too. The controller is compatible with games like Fortnite, Nvidia GeForce Now, and Microsoft xCloud.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Compatible with a bunch of games
  • USB-C passthrough charging
  • Easy to use
Cons[**]
  • Not as good as other controllers
  • No headphone jack

theverge[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
The Razer Kishi is like two Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons that are permanently attached to each other. The iOS version has a Lightning connector on one end and a port for passthrough charging. The analog sticks and triggers are decent, but the face buttons are a little mushier than I'd like.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Easy to use
  • Works with a lot of games on the App Store
  • Easy to set up and use
Cons[**]
  • Touchscreen isn’t for everyone

trustedreviews[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Razer Kishi is designed to act like an Xbox controller. It works with Razer Phone 2, Galaxy S20 Plus, Black Shark 3 and OnePlus 7T Pro. The thumbstick layout has been switched to mirror a traditional Xbox controller with the left input being on the top side and the right on the bottom. The device has also been upgraded to feature a USB-C passthrough charging port.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Easy setup
Cons[**]
  • Lack of multi-device connectivity
  • Some issues with gaming

References

1. ^ Razer Kishi review: The ultimate smartphone controller. androidauthority. 2020-06-09 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Razer Kishi review: A smooth play for mobile gaming. cnet. 2020-06-09 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Razer Kishi for Android (Xbox) Review. pcmag. 2020-08-28 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Razer Kishi review. techradar. 2020-06-09 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Razer Kishi for iPhone review: a great Apple Arcade controller. theverge. 2020-09-16 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
7. ^ Razer Kishi Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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